Richard Egarr biography

BIOGRAPHY “WHEN I HEARD THAT ENGLAND’S ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC HAD HIRED KEYBOARDIST AND CONDUCTOR RICHARD EGARR, I WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED… I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A CONDUCTOR LIKE EGARR TO COME ALONG FOR SOME TIME… HE’S ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND DELIGHTFUL MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME.” –National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, March 2008 Continue reading

RICHARD EGARR: Concert program and notes

PROGRAM NOTES

The Supreme Lesson -Bach’s Wohltemperirte Clavier…1722

clip_image002The Well-tempered Clavier, Or Preludes, and Fugues through all the Tones and Semi-tones, both with the major third or Ut, Re, Mi, and with the minor third or Re, Mi, Fa. For the use and practice of young musicians who desire to learn, as well as for the particular diversion of those who are already skilled in this study; made and composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kapellmeister for the time being to the Duke of Anhalt-Cöthen and director of his chamber music, Anno Domini 1722.

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LA DONNA MUSICALE

ladonna FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, 8:00PM LA DONNA MUSICALE The Pleasures Of Love And Libation: Aires by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women

NEW LOCATION Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Avenue

click for more information Boston-based La Donna Musicale is joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan, an audience favorite, as they explore the contribution of Parisian women composers to the French Baroque and Rococo genres. Recreating the sounds of the Parisian salon, this delightful group features works by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women, including Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. A sacred work by Antonia Bembo is also included. The voices, with flute accompaniment, are supported by the captivating tones of the harpsichord and viola de gamba. “Kudos to La Donna Musicale as they champion the unheard music of women composers.” — Early Music America Preconcert talk at 7:00pm Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale ladm.org houstonearlymusic.org              Houston Early Music is funded in part by              grants from the City of Houston through              the Houston Arts Alliance. =

LA DONNA MUSICALE: THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women

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Fri., Sept. 26, 2008, 8:00PM LA DONNA MUSICALE THE PLEASURES OF LOVE AND LIBATION: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women. NEW LOCATION Christ Church Cathedral 1117 Texas Avenue 7:00 p.m. Preconcert talk, Laury Gutiérrez Director Houston Early Music will open its new season on Friday, September 26, 2008 with a program of Baroque music by Parisian women composers. Boston-based La Donna Musicale (www.ladm.org) will be joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan in ensemble’s first Houston performance. The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian Women recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon replete with the sounds of voices in solo and duo settings with flute, violin, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. The seventeenth-century salons served as unique gathering places where women artists and intellectuals met to perform and discuss sacred and secular music, as well as literature and fine arts. In addition to works by Julie Pinel (fl. 1737), the program includes works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Antonia Bembo. The performance will be at 8:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman (at Caroline). There will be a preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. by Laury Gutiérrez, Founding Director of La Donna Musicale. Praised by Early Music America for its “excellent performers…outstanding music stylishly performed,” La Donna Musicale is dedicated to historically-based performance of music by women composers of the Renaissance through contemporary periods. The ensemble has given the modern premieres of works by Chiara Cozzolani, Antonia Bembo, Julie Pinel, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, among others, and these concerts have been chosen as Boston Globe “Classical Picks.” Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

LA DONNA MUSICALE — Program

PROGRAM
Rossignols vous chantez                                             Julie Pinel
Air sérieux avec accompagnement de flûtes                   (fl. 1710–1737)
from Nouveau recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire, 1737
Porquoy le berger qui m’engage                                Pinel    
Brunette à deux dessus
Boccages frais                                                               Pinel    
Brunette à deux dessus
Violin Sonata II in D major                                         Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Sonates pour le viollon, 1707                                          (1665-1729)
Presto-Adagio-Presto-Presto
Echos indiscrets, taisez vous                                       Pinel   
Air sérieux
Bergères, voulez vous m’en croire,                              Mlle. Herault     
Chansonnette from Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire   
C. Ballard, printer, 1702
INTERMISSION
Scène Pastorale                                                             Pinel
Trio Sonata in D major                                                 Jacquet de la Guerre
from ms., c.1695
Grave-Vivace e Presto-adagio-Allegro-Adagio-Allegro-Aria Afectuoso
Psalm VI: Domine in furore tuo arguas me               Antonia Bembo
                                                                                        (1665-1729)
Aux plus heureux Amants                                           Mlle. ***           
Air à boire from Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire        
C. Ballard, printer, 1696

 


LA DONNA MUSICALE
Lydia Knutson, soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Na’ama Lion, baroque flute
Laura Gulley, violin
Ruth McKay, harpsichord
Laury Gutierrez, viola da gamba, director

LA DONNA MUSICALE – Program Notes

 

PROGRAM NOTES

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the French air was considered a popular genre, intended for immediate consumption. Highly regarded composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin, along with their amateur contemporaries, wrote airs exploring the full gamut of human emotions. Whether expressing unrequited love, coyness, lust, drunkenness, sorrow or despair, the air was employed as an emotive vehicle much like the pop tunes of today. French airs are of particular interest to the modern listener because they represent urban music that was separate from the sophisticated taste and etiquette associated with lofty court entertainment.

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Concert: MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

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Houston Early Music

presenting the world’s finest period ensembles and soloists … bringing to life music from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classical periods. Experience with us early music played on original instruments, by musicians reviving performances of the past.

JOHN HOLLOWAY, VIOLIN JAAP TER LINDEN, CELLO LARS ULRIK MORTENSEN, HARPSICHORD

MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

8:00 pm, Fri., Apr. 11, 2008 St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00 pm
Program Notes and other information Baroque violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of the greatest names on the international early music scene, will return to Houston for a performance sponsored by Houston Early Music on April 11. The trio will perform a French/Italian-themed program titled Madcap, Red Priest and Angel which features violin sonatas by Corelli, Veracini (Madcap) and Leclair (said to have played like an angel), a Vivaldi (Red Priest) cello sonata and a Couperin harpsichord sonata. The performance will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe. John Holloway is one of the pioneers of the early music movement. His extensive work as leader of the London Classical Players and his years with noted early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, and the Freiburger Barockorchester) established him as a major voice in authentic performance. Holloway is currently Professor of Violin (modern and baroque) and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the beginnings of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles; he co-founded of Musica da Camera and served as principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is highly sought as a soloist and conductor for both modern and period-instrument ensembles around the world. Noted Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen has a career as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North and South America and Japan. He appears regularly with soprano Emma Kirkby. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won him a Diapason d’Or. He is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, and appears regularly directing opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. At 7:00PM, Dr. Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University will give a lecture on the evening’s program. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.
Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Notes: Madcap, Redpriest and Angel

Tonight’s concert is dominated by four violinist-composers who between them provide the title of the program. “Madcap” was Veracini, as described by Charles Burney; the “Red Priest” was of course, Vivaldi; and Corelli and Leclair share the role of “Angel”, Corelli because of his name, and his famously amiable disposition, Leclair because he was said to have played like an angel. Continue reading

Ars Lyrica: When in Rome

When in Rome

Saturday, March 29, 7:30 pm St. Philip Presbyterian Church Tickets: $15, available at the door Our annual collaboration with the Moores School of Music Collegium Musicum features Giocomo Carissimi’s vivid oratorio on the story of Jonah and the whale. Music of other rarely heard 17th-century Roman composers completes Ars Lyrica’s tribute to the eternal city.
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